Steven Rene Davis Jr.

Steven Rene Davis Jr.

Deputies seek two men after assault on bus

Report: Two brothers fled after hitting, kicking bus rider

PORT ANGELES — Deputies are looking for two men who allegedly assaulted and robbed a 68-year-old man on a Clallam Transit bus.

Channing Warren Davis

Channing Warren Davis

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Steven and Channing Davis, who fled from the Clallam Transit No. 14 bus when it was at the East Beach Road/U.S. Highway 101 bus stop after allegedly viciously beating an unidentified Neah Bay man who had asked them to “hold the noise down.”

The man was transported to Olympic Medical Center by ambulance after the attack at about 5:30 p.m. Friday. As of 3 a.m. Saturday, the extent of his injuries was not known, Sgt. John Keegan said.

No update was available before the print deadline on Saturday.

Both Steven Rene Davis Jr., 39, and his brother, Channing Warren Davis, 36, have felony convictions for assault and are considered very dangerous, Keegan said.

They should not be approached; instead any who spot them are asked to call the sheriff’s dispatch at 360-417-2459 or 9-1-1.

The older brother is about 5-feet-7-inches-tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with brown eyes and a shaved head. He has extensive tattoos, including ram horns on both sides of his head, Keegan said.

The younger brother is about 6-feet-tall and weighs 250 pounds. He has brown eyes and shoulder-length brown hair.

They are both Port Angeles residents; both are Native American, according to the sheriff’s office.

Here is the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office account of the alleged assault:

Witnesses on the bus, which was en route to Forks, said that the two men were in the back of the bus and causing a disturbance. Another rider on the bus told them to hold the noise down.

The video and audio surveillance system on the bus documented that about a minute later, Channing Davis moved from his seat at the back of the bus to the seats directly behind the alleged victim and could be heard berating him. A short time later, Steven Davis joined him.

The bus driver is heard asking Steven Davis to put his face mask back on, and requesting that “if someone asks to keep it down, please keep it down.”

Steven Davis challenged the alleged victim to step off the bus. Channing Davis hit the man in the head at least eight times, while Steven Davis hit him 16 times in the head and torso, grabbed him around his neck and threw him to the ground.

Channing and Steven Davis are then seen kicking the man in the video, the press release said.

Steven Davis threw the man’s backpack off the bus, returned, yelled at him and kicked him a few more times before the brothers fled, taking with them the backpack later reported to have contained food.

Both deputies and Olympic National Park rangers were directed to the bus stop after the bus driver reported to dispatchers an assault in progress. It wasn’t known at the time in which jurisdiction the assault was occurring since Beach Road is on the border between the two.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office has issued a temporary emergency warrant for the arrest of both Steven and Channing Davis. Anyone with information is asked to call 360-417-2459 or 911.

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Executive Editor Leah Leach can be reached at 360-417-3530 or at lleach@peninsuladailynews.com.

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